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Mark Peterson Awarded James P. Hanlan Book Prize

NEHA’s Book Prize Committee (Kristen Petersen, Marie B. McDaniel, Ian Delahanty, and Martin Menke) are delighted to announce the winner of this year’s James P. Hanlan Book Prize. Mark Peterson, the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of History at Yale University, has received the award for his work The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865 (Princeton, 2019).
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The City-State of Boston

Reviewer comments included:
“The word that comes to mind for this book is “magisterial.” Petersen delivers a three centuries long history of Boston that has fundamentally challenged the way I conceive of and teach about not only New England’s colonial history but also the history of the Atlantic World more generally.”

“I found Peterson’s approach to urban history and to Boston to be unique and compelling. As an historian who has read as many books on Boston’s history as have popped off presses, this is the finest, in my humble opinion.”

Remembrance for Bruce Cohen, Professor Emeritus at Worcester State

We are saddened to learn of the passing this week of Bruce Cohen, longtime member and former Treasurer of the New England Historical Association and professor emeritus at Worcester State University. He died Thursday, May 7, in Worcester Massachusetts of complications from COVID-19. We will certainly miss his thoughtfulness, passion for labor history, and personal and intellectual generosity.

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All NEHA members were emailed candidate bio and ballots earlier this month. Please remember to print and mail your ballot to Martin Menke, postmarked by Monday, May 11. If you do not have access to a printer at home, you may hand-write your ballot if you wish. We thank you in advance for your vote, and we are grateful to the nominating committee for a wonderful slate of candidates and colleagues willing to serve our organization and the profession.

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Fall 2020 CFP – Application Deadline Extended to Aug 26

We have extended to August 26, 2020 the call for papers and proposals for the NEHA Fall 2020 meeting, now planned as a virtual conference hosted by Sacred Heart University on October 17, 2020. The program committee welcomes proposals on any subject, period, or geographical area from scholars within or outside the New England region. The Association does NOT focus on the history of New England or of the United States but is equally concerned with European and World History. In response to current events,…

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NEHA Election By Mail – Postmark Ballots by May 11

Letter from NEHA President Libby Bischof (4/24/2020): This semester has brought unprecedented changes to our personal and professional lives, and the NEHA Executive Board is keeping you all in our thoughts as you finish out your academic years and cope with varied museum, library, historic site and historical society closures. As you know, our Spring 2020 conference at Emmanuel, slated to be held last weekend, was cancelled. We are hopeful that we will meet in person again this fall at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts,…

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Open Access, Transitions to Online – Resources!

As a public service during this time of social distancing, meaning rapid transition to online learning and digital access for scholarship across the academic and public history landscapes, we offer a few links, and we welcome more in the comments. Open Access Resources – A Crowdsourced List – editable Google Doc American Historical Association’s AHA Perspectives on History is running a daily series the week of March 16, 2020, covering topics like Transitioning to Online Teaching (March 17) and Online Teaching Tools (March 18)

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Spring 2020 Conference – Postponed to Fall; Election to be conducted by mail

Update: March 10, 2020 Dear NEHA Colleagues, As I’m sure you are all aware, preparations and restrictions related to COVID-19 and travel and conferences, have evolved rapidly in 48 hours since we last communicated about plans for the New England Historical Association spring conference scheduled to be held at Emmanuel College in Boston on April 18th. We learned this afternoon from our host colleagues at Emmanuel College that the college has decided to cancel all outside events for the foreseeable future, including our scheduled conference.…

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